Feb3WedFebruary 3, 2021
For a short time starting in mid-October, the country of Cuba began to open up again from the COVID-19 lockdown. Public transportation and the postal service resumed, allowing the team in Cuba to begin receiving listener letters again. Unfortunately, in recent days the situation has worsened, and many restrictions are back in place. But the team has used Facebook to publish materials, videos and the links to Cuban radio programs through TWR360. The Facebook page was relaunched on October 19 and since then, has reached over 4,000 people.
While the mail service was re-opened, RTM Cuba staff decided to print an information page and send it to the 2,578 Cuban listener addresses in their directory. This information sheet shared the scope of the ministry, and the restart of the national postal system and the possibility of continuing to communicate with them by mail. It also invited them to follow the Facebook page and use TWR360. “We hope that by receiving this information page many will be able to renew their interest in communicating with us.” said Alberto, director of RTM Cuba.
In addition to letters, the team often receives emails from listeners. Here is a response from a listener of the program Our Home, which has been broadcast from the Bonaire station since October 2019:
“You can’t imagine what the new Our Home program on biblical advice has meant to our family. Since I began listening, I have started to ask my family for forgiveness. I gathered my relatives and apologized to them and received much understanding from them. Because I am the only Christian in our household, we had many disagreements. Instead of preaching the gospel to my relatives, I would fight with them. Now I am much more understanding and patient, which has given the opportunity for my husband and one of our children to come to church with me. And the best thing is that now everyone is interested in listening to Our Home! When for some reason we can’t hear it or the signal is bad, they are sad to have missed it. Our family has changed a lot because of this program. God bless such a beautiful ministry!”
Another listener wrote: "After caring for my sick mother for many years, God called her to his presence. I was devastated and upset with God because she was gone. At the time of my mother’s death, my husband left me. I had been told about RTM but I had never listened to the programs. I knew that many people in my village listened to it, so one night I tuned into the station. You were talking about depression on Our Home. I have not stopped listening ever since. Thank You!”
Praise God for Our Home, and the way it is bringing healing and comfort to listeners! May it continue to be an impactful program for the people of Cuba.
Pray for the country of Cuba as the government ended Cuba’s dual currency system effective January 1. These new economic changes bring additional challenges to the locals. Prices have increased on almost everything, while the economy has been hard hit by the lack of tourism due to COVID-19. Please pray for Alberto and his team as they continue to produce programs that share the hope of Jesus with the nation.